Line-cutting leaves San Diego Comic-Con fans empty-handed

Posted at 9:33 AM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 12:33:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Thousands of fans are packing the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con, but while everyone is enjoying the costumes and celebrity appearances, it hasn't been without some controversy.

10News spoke to dozens of fans on Comic-Con's opening day who said they camped outside of the convention overnight with a specific goal -- to get their hands on a limited edition Funko Pop figure.

The fans, many who were from out of town, told 10News they missed out on the collectible after they said hundreds of people cut the line.

Eight-year-old Ashlynn Saunders came to Comic-Con with her father and brother from Utah. The family camped out Wednesday night in hopes of getting their hands on the rare Funko Pop.


However, the family -- and others in the line -- said once the line began moving it turned into a free-for-all and hundreds of other Comic-Con visitors ended up in front of them.

The group of fans complained to convention staff, but they said they never got any straight answers.

Ashlynn said she wants an explanation as to why no one prevented the line-cutting and hopes for a solution so no one else goes through the disappointment.

"I really wanted to get some Funko Pops and it's not nice if somebody just comes up and takes your place," said Ashlynn.

"And you waited?" asked 10News reporter Mimi Elkalla.

"They didn't, so I don't even see why they should get Funko Pops," Ashlynn said.

After many in the group filed complaints, 10News learned Comic-Con officials allowed them front-of-the-line privileges for the Funko Pop booth on Friday.